Sleep is considered one of the pillars of health, according to Ayurveda. It is the foundation of healing and optimal health. In our society, there is a myriad of variables distracting us from a quality night’s sleep, including overworking, overstimulation, sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. According to Barnes and Drake (2015), many Americans are in a sleep crisis. Through overworking and overstimulation, lack of sleep can poorly affect mental, physical, and emotional health. Ayurveda is an ancient science dedicated to increasing one’s quality-of-life and decreasing the incidence of disease. As a primary foundation of a healthy person, sleep becomes of utmost importance. In terms of our Ayurveda, Nidra or rest is addressed thoroughly in ancient texts. According to Velayudhan and Kamalesh (2016), there are over 700 medicinal plants used to treat sleep in the Ayurvedic tradition. Additionally, diet and lifestyle, mental and emotional stability are used holistically to the cure of sleep disorders. Learning how to live by nature and focus on sleep will increase health and decrease the likelihood of mental, physical, and emotional fluctuations (Barnes & Drake, 2015).
How to start a sleep regiment:
- Set a routine around a consistent bedtime
- Simplify life and responsibilities
- Practice yoga nidra
- Eliminate dinner as a primary meal and make it a lighter meal
Healthy sleep habits are founded on a routine. As the sun rises and sets each day around a specific time, without fail, our bodies grow and fall in tandem. Learning to live with nature and in the confines of our environment will increase the depth and frequency of sleep. The idea is to bring awareness to our circadian rhythms and to foster a healthy balance within our lives that promote regeneration and rhythm. To receive personal recommendations aimed at promoting sleep, book a free discovery session now, and get started rebranding your life.
Barnes CM, Drake CL. Prioritizing Sleep Health: Public Health Policy Recommendations. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 2015;10(6):733-737. doi:10.1177/1745691615598509.
Velayudhan M,KumarKamalesh K.Gulia, Sleep Medicine in Ayurveda. 2016;25:131. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2015.02.006.